An educational resource dedicated mainly to the photography
and diversity of marine life that can be found in coastal waters
and intertidal areas of Great Britain and Ireland by David Fenwick.

A-P-H-O-T-O Wildlife Stock Image Library
Sternotherus odoratus LATREILLE 1802 - Common / Eastern Musk Turtle or Stinkpot
Loggerhead sea turtle
Sternotherus odoratus
- rear view turtle 1

Loggerhead sea turtle
Sternotherus odoratus
- lateral view head 1

Technically speaking this species should NEVER be found on a marine life website as it is a non-native freshwater species that is sold by the pet trade in the UK. The species is a native of SE Canada and the eastern United States of America.

It is unknow if the species was illegally released into the wild into freshwater or seawater, but as the species was found washed-up alive on the beach at Crantock, near Newquay, Cornwall, during the winter of 2015/16, I've no option but to feature the species here in case this happens again, or should someone stumble upon a naturalized colony in the wild somewhere.

After the animal was found it was taken by the finder to Blue Reef Aquarium at Newquay, where it was cared for, quarantined and later put on display.


APHOTOMARINE supports open source data recording and sharing for the benefit of wildlife, recorders, research, science and education. The project recommends the following websites and works with the following bodies and organisations.

Marine Biological Association MBA

The Marine Biological Association or MBA, based in Plymouth, is one of the world’s longest-running societies dedicated to promoting research into our oceans and the life they support. Since 1884 the MBA has been providing a unified, clear, independent voice on behalf of the marine biological community.It has a growing membership in over 40 countries.

NBN National Biodiversity Network

The National Biodiversity Network or NBN is a charity that supports open source data sharing and recording supporting conservation, science and education. "Why do recorders need open source?". Simply because it supports the core values of wildlife recording and the free use of records and data over a very wide network that includes partners like the Natural History Museum.

The taxonomy used here is based on that of the following database, which is also used by the MBA, NHM and the NBN.

World Register of Marine Species or WoRMS

The World Register of Marine Species or WoRMS.

Sternotherus odoratus Eastern Common Musk Stinkpot non native species Turtle images
The main objective of this website is in furthering environmental awareness and education through the medium of photography. To increase awareness and access to the wildlife of the region and help
people find and identify it. Sometimes the difference between species is obvious but many species can only be determined by observing microscopic characteristics that are specific to any one species.